Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. Chosen as Chrysler Group’s
Logistics Supplier of the Year
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- June 12, 2013
Kansas City Southern (KCS) (NYSE: KSU) is pleased to announce that Chrysler
Group LLC has honored Kansas City Southern de Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (KCSM) with
its Supplier of the Year award in the Logistics category. The award was
presented at Chrysler’s third annual Strategy Meeting and Supplier Awards
Ceremony on June 5 in Auburn Hills, Mich.
“This award is solid validation of Kansas City Southern’s commitment to our
customers,” said KCS President and CEO David L. Starling. “We believe our
performance in safety, security and sustainability is second to none. An award
like this, coming from a high-performing logistics group like Chrysler,
clearly supports that belief.”
Award recipients were determined based on an evaluation of each company’s
External Balanced Scorecard performance in 2012 – a rating system that
evaluates supplier performance in areas such as quality, delivery, cost,
warranty and partnership – and input from Chrysler Group senior leadership.
“KCSM was chosen for the logistics award for providing operational excellence,
being a top performer, collaborating in cost-savings initiatives, and actively
supporting our sustainability initiatives,” said Chrysler Director of
Worldwide Logistics and Customs Bill Cook. “Chrysler is pleased to recognize
KCSM’s outstanding performance on their logistics scorecard and we thank them
for consistently working with Chrysler in a proactive manner.”
In addition to the awards ceremony, Chrysler Group and Fiat S.p.A. purchasing
leadership reviewed their strategy for the future and expectations of
suppliers. Chrysler Group Chairman and CEO Sergio Marchionne served as the
keynote speaker and thanked Chrysler’s supply base for the role they played in
the company’s journey.
“Chrysler could not have reclaimed its future without your unwavering support
and crucial contributions of intelligence and vision,” said Marchionne. “Our
fate is absolutely intertwined with yours. Our commitment to you is to deliver
on our promises and help you become a much stronger competitor.”
Presentations were also delivered by Chrysler Group Senior Vice President of
Purchasing and Supplier Quality Scott Kunselman and Fiat S.p.A. Head of Group
Purchasing Vilmar Fistarol.
“Chrysler Group suppliers need to be nimble, innovative and, above all else,
focused on the quality of the parts and services they are providing us,” said
Kunselman. “The suppliers we are honoring today have proven themselves to be
motivated, capable and excited to be on the Chrysler team. They are critical
to our success in delivering our customers the best cars and trucks in the
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., KCS is a transportation holding company
that has railroad investments in the U.S., Mexico and Panama. Its primary U.S.
holding is The Kansas City Southern Railway Company, serving the central and
south central U.S. Its international holdings include KCSM, serving
northeastern and central Mexico and the port cities of Lázaro Cárdenas,
Tampico and Veracruz, and a 50 percent interest in Panama Canal Railway
Company, providing ocean-to-ocean freight and passenger service along the
Panama Canal. KCS’ North American rail holdings and strategic alliances are
primary components of a NAFTA Railway system, linking the commercial and
industrial centers of the U.S., Mexico and Canada.
Kansas City Southern
C. Doniele Carlson, 816-983-1372
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